The Closed Door Negotiations Over the Stimulus Proves the Necessity of Citizen Engagement
Of the many tragedies of 2020, the self-inflicted catastrophic failure of Congress and the White House to produce a second major stimulus package ranks up there with the pandemic itself.
That may sound like an overstatement, but governmental inaction has led to deaths of tens of thousands of American lives. After all, a stimulus package that actually responded to people’s needs would have covered everyone’s medical costs throughout the pandemic, provided adequate PPE, as well as paycheck protection that would have contained the rise in unemployment and lessened calls to re-open the economy.
Did people want such a stimulus? Yes. Was there a chance that our current elected officials would deliver it? No.
Why? There are many reasons, most notably the role of big money in politics that all but ensures that most elected officials are servants primarily of the wealthy donor class rather than the general citizenry. Another major factor is that politicians never hear from their constituents—especially about the day in and day out business of government, even when policy decisions are a matter of life and death for everyone in the country, as has been the case in 2020.
PDA exists to change this equation. In the coming weeks PDA is launching the most extensive citizen lobbying project in the country—our congressional liaison program. This program is designed to knock down closed doors to make sure the voices of the people are heard, and are a part of the negotiations. Let us know if you want to learn more about the program.
PDA’s congressional liaison program will be launching right on time to demand the incoming Congress and President pass a stimulus that matches the needs of the people during this unprecedented crisis.